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How to Prepare Red Skin Potatoes

Red skinned potatoes are small, round and white inside. The red skin is thin, making them somewhat delicate to cook. Red skinned potatoes can be cooked as a side dish, accompanying a leg of lamb or a pot roast. They can also be precooked and used in casserole dishes and salads. These wonderful potatoes are versatile and can add a little bit of balance to any meal. Read on for a discussion of how to cook red skin potatoes in several different ways.


EditIngredients

  • 1 lb red skin potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Herbs or spices (paprika, thyme, rosemary, etc.)
  • Garlic (optional)
  • Onions (optional


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Method One: Sautéing

  1. Wash 1 pound of potatoes in warm water thoroughly. If desired, peel potatoes, although peeling is not necessary.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of olive oil or butter in a skillet over medium-low/medium heat.

  3. Cut the potatoes into half moon shaped quarters. The smaller the cut on the potato, the faster they will cook.

  4. Place the diced potatoes into the heated skillet.

  5. Spice up red skinned potatoes by adding herbs and other ingredients. Here are some suggestions for things to add to sautéed potatoes:

    • Onions work really well with sautéed potatoes. White or yellow onions work best, although red onions can be used. Onions add a little bit of sweetness to the potatoes.
    • Garlic also works well, alone or in tandem with other spices. If adding chopped or minced garlic, incorporate toward the very end of cooking or the garlic will burn before the potatoes are cooked.
    • Herbs such as parsley, thyme, or rosemary. Thyme and rosemary together make a classic combination, while fresh parsley lightens up the heavier taste of the potatoes.
    • Spices such as paprika, dry mustard, or cumin. Paprika will add a little bit of heat and color; mustard adds a bit of tanginess; and cumin adds a bit of exoticism to what can be a very pedestrian dish.
  6. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the potatoes. For one pound of potatoes, a couple teaspoons of salt should be fine, especially if you’re seasoning them with herbs and spices.

  7. Stir the potatoes every few minutes. Try to develop color on all sides of the potatoes.

  8. Allow to cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until tender. Potatoes should be soft on the inside but still have “bite” and crispiness on the outside.


Method Two: Oven Roasting

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F (~218° C).

  2. Wash 1 pound of potatoes with warm water. If desired, peel potatoes, although peeling is not necessary. Many prefer the color and texture of the skin in the final dish.

  3. Cut the potatoes into half moon shaped quarters and place them on a baking dish. The smaller the cut, the quicker the potatoes will cook.

    • Use a glass baking dish if possible. A glass baking dish will allow the potatoes to cook more evenly, as glass is an excellent conductor of heat.
  4. Coat the potatoes with 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of olive oil.

  5. Into the baking dish, add any desired spices and herbs. Perhaps try:

    • 3-4 cloves of garlic, whole or chopped.
    • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  6. Sprinkle potatoes with salt and pepper to taste. One tablespoon or two of salt should be sufficient.

  7. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until tender. Stir about every 10 minutes. Thicker-cut potatoes will take about an hour to cook, while smaller-cut potatoes closer to 50 minutes.


Method Three: Baking

  1. Wash the potatoes with warm water.

  2. Preheat oven to 450° F (230° C).

  3. Coat potatoes with olive oil (optional), salt, and pepper.

  4. Wrap each potato in aluminum foil (optional). Some people think that the aluminum foil helps the potato cook faster. Aluminum foil will make the outer skin less crispy.

  5. Bake for 60 minutes or until tender. After an hour, take one potato out of the oven and cut in half. Let cool and sample for doneness. Bigger potatoes and/or potatoes that aren’t fully cooked may need an additional 10 minutes to cook.

  6. Remove from foil to serve.


Method Four: Boiling

  1. Wash the potatoes with warm water. If desired, peel potatoes, although peeling is not necessary. If making mash potatoes, peeling is recommended.

  2. Cut the potatoes into half moon shaped quarters.

  3. Fill a saucepan with water, leaving more than enough room for the potatoes. One pound of potatoes should have at least two quarts of water to boil.

  4. Bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat.

  5. Place the diced potatoes in the boiling water and reduce heat to low. Try to get the water so that it’s simmering, not boiling out of control.

  6. Cook potatoes for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender.

  7. Drain the water from the potatoes.

  8. Return the potatoes to the drained pan to add butter or olive oil, salt, pepper and additional desired seasonings.

    • To make mashed potatoes, add to boiled potatoes:

      • 1/4 cup of butter
      • 1/4 cup of milk
      • 2 heaping tablespoons of sour cream
      • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Stir in ingredients and mash together until smooth and creamy.


Method Five: Microwaving

  1. Wash the potatoes with warm water.

  2. Cut the potatoes into half moon shaped quarters.

  3. Place the diced potatoes into a microwave safe dish.

  4. Add 1/2 cup (0.2 liters) water for every pound of potatoes.

  5. Cook in the microwave on high for 6 to 8 minutes.

  6. Remove carefully. Add salt, pepper, and any desired seasonings.

  7. Finished.


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Edit Tips

  • Red skinned potatoes will cook faster than brown skinned potatoes due to their smaller size and lower starch content.
  • When pan searing potatoes you can check the temperature in the skillet by flicking a splash of water into the skillet. If it sizzles, the skillet is ready. If not, let it heat for a few more minutes and test the temperature until the waters sizzles. Use caution when doing this, the oil can splash and burn you.
  • Butter can be used instead of olive oil to roast and pan fry red skinned potatoes. Butter cooks faster than olive oil. If you are substituting butter for oil, cut all cooking times down by a few minutes.
  • A skillet has a flat bottom with sides generally no more than a few inches high that flair out, whereas a sauce pan is a much deeper pan that often comes with a lid.


Edit Warnings

  • Potatoes become very starchy when overcooked. Cook only until a fork or toothpick easily goes through the potato.


Edit Things You’ll Need

  • Baking dish, when roasting
  • 1 quart (1L) sauce pan, when boiling
  • 1 inch (2.54cm) skillet, when pan searing
  • Microwave safe bowl, when microwaving
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Olive oil
  • Aluminum foil
  • Salt and pepper


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How to Make a Simple Origami Lotus Flower

With one piece of paper and some clever folding, you can make a delicate origami lotus flower. Here’s how to do it.


Steps

  1. Start with a square sheet of paper. Using scrapbook paper, with a print on one side and plain white on the other, can be a fun way to watch your folds evolve.

    • To make a letter-size piece of paper a square, orient it lengthwise, grab the top right corner, and pull it over to the left side of the paper. Make sure the edges of the paper line up, and fold. Cut off the bottom rectangle, and you’ll have a square.
  2. Fold two opposite corners of the square together. Crease the square, then unfold.
  3. Fold the other two opposite corners of the square together. Again, crease the square, then unfold. You should have two perpendicular creases running through your square and meeting in the middle. This middle point will be your guide for the next step.
  4. Fold the corners up to the center. Grab a corner, and place it so that its point lies directly over the “middle” of the two creases you just created in the center of the square. Fold down. Do this for each corner.
  5. Fold the new corners up to the center. Since the last step resulted in a smaller square, you now have “new” corners. Fold these up to the center one by one, as you did in the last step.
  6. Fold the corners up to the center again.
  7. Flip your square over. You should now be on a side that has no visible folds on top.
  8. Fold the corners up to the center.
  9. Grab each corner and fold it about half of the way to the center. This time, you don’t want the corners to go all the way to the center (and you probably couldn’t get them there anyway—your folds should be pretty thick and difficult to crease by now). Fold the last corners up as far as you can – between one-third and one-half of the way to the center is sufficient.
  10. Pull up your first petals. Keeping the square oriented so that you can see the last folds you did, feel around the bottom of the square for the top layer of flaps. You’re going to gently pull these up and around the half folds you did in Step 9. Move slowly and gently, and try not to tear the paper. You may have to slightly “unfold” the lotus to get the petals to come up. When you’re finished, the flap you grabbed from the bottom should be nearly vertical. Do this four all four flaps.
  11. Pull up the next round of petals. Again, grab the flaps on the bottom and gently lift them up.
  12. Pull up the last round of petals. Once again, grab the flaps on the bottom and gently fold them upward. These petals will be closer to horizontal than vertical, and they might be the most difficult ones to fold without tearing.


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Tips

  • Give the lotus to someone for a simple, yet sweet gift.
  • Try it in different colors and sizes, but don’t make it too small.
  • Its easier to make a large lotus than a small one. Starting with a larger square of paper makes the final folds less delicate.
  • Be patient. Crease your folds carefully, and expect to try a few lotuses before you get the technique down.


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How to Make Baileys Irish Cream Truffles

Complete your next drinking or dinner party with these Baileys chocolate treats.


Edit Ingredients

Makes 16

  • 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet butter
  • 2 egg yolks (use pasteurized eggs if you have any concerns about the safety of the raw eggs)
  • 1/4 cup of Baileys Irish Cream
  • Edible decorations such as powdered sugar, cocoa, sprinkles, etc.


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Making the Truffle Mixture

  1. Place a pot on very low heat. Add the heavy cream, chocolate, and Baileys. Allow to cook gently to melt together.

  2. Remove the pan from the heat. Whisk in the butter and eggs very quickly. You’ll want the eggs to mix in, not cook.
  3. Place the mixture in the refrigerator. Allow to chill until the chocolate is firm (for example, overnight).


Creating the Truffle Balls

  1. Spoon up the mixture in a teaspoon. Create small balls using your clean fingers.
  2. Add edible decoration. Dip or roll the truffle balls into cocoa, powdered sugar, sprinkles, etc.
  3. Done. If giving as a gift, place the truffles into individual paper cases and arrange neatly in a gift box with a lid. Seal with a ribbon and add a card.


Edit Things You’ll Need

  • Small pot
  • Stirring implement
  • Refrigerator
  • Teaspoon
  • Something to keep truffles on or in (confectionery bowl, airtight container, gift box, etc.)


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How to Make Honey Oat Bars

For a tasty snack, these honey oat bars are sure to hit the spot. They’re easily made, you can change the dried fruit additions as wished, and they’ll always taste absolutely delicious.


Edit Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cut sultanas or raisins (other dry fruits could be substituted)
  • 1/4 cup wholemeal self-raising (self-rising) flour
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut, dessicated or shredded
  • 80 grams/2.8 oz margarine or butter (4 x 20ml spoons)
  • 1/2 – 1 tablespoon honey

Approximate preparation time – 30 minutes


Edit Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Prepare the baking tray (sheet) by greasing or covering with parchment paper.


Preparing the Mixture

  1. Combine the oats, sultanas, sugar, coconut and flour in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Melt the butter or margarine in a microwave dish. Add the honey and stir.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until the mixture clings together.


Baking the Mixture

  1. Press evenly over the base of a greased or sprayed/parchment-covered baking tray (sheet).

    • As shown in the image, even the base of a loaf pan can be put to use for making bars; if you don’t have a baking tray/sheet, use such a pan instead.
  2. Bake in a moderate oven (180ºC/3500F) for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.


Making the Bar Shapes

  1. Cut the bars while hot. Cut into evenly sized bar shapes across the entire base. Remove the bars from the tray (sheet) when cool.
  2. Finished. They can be eaten now or stored in an airtight container for later.


Edit Tips

  • Honey can be substituted with syrup ingredients if preferred, such as maple or golden syrups.
  • The bars can be iced for added flavor. Choose any flavoring you like and allow to set before serving. You might even like to add sprinkles for a treat.
  • These bars are excellent for taking to sports sessions, hiking and other outdoor pursuits for quick energy boosts.


Edit Things You’ll Need

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Microwave-proof dish
  • Baking tray (sheet)
  • Parchment paper or spray/grease for tray/sheet
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Knife
  • Wooden spoons
  • Airtight container for storage (optional)


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How to Make a Potato Chip Sandwich

Potato chips, also known as crisps or potato wafers, are great eaten right out of the bag. But you might not yet have discovered the snack delight that is the potato chip sandwich, a simple but really tasty filler for the hungry-in-a-hurry. Despite its appearance, this sandwich is absolutely delicious, and you can even add some ketchup for a special treat.


Edit Ingredients

  • Potato chips, plain or flavored
  • Ketchup
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Optional toppings/flavorings (butter/malt vinegar/mayo/any tangy spice)


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Preparing the Bread

  1. Put two pieces of bread side by side. Put the slices on a plate or onto a clean countertop.
  2. Spread a little butter evenly on both pieces of bread. Or, if you prefer, use ketchup (tomato sauce) instead.


Adding the Potato Chips

  1. Put the potato chips on top of one piece of bread. Plain potato chips are ideal, but you can use any favorite flavor.

    • You can enhance your potato chip sandwich by adding regular sandwich fixings. Try such additions as: ham, turkey, luncheon meat or vegetables like lettuce and tomato.
  2. Put the other piece of bread on top of the potato chip layer. Press down a bit to crush the crisps.
  3. Cut the sandwich in half. Keep one hand on top of the sandwich while you use the other hand to hold the knife and cut. It may be best to use a less sharp knife, like the type you use at dinner to push the peas onto your fork.
  4. Enjoy with a cold can of soda or any other preferred beverage.


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  • Try a sprinkle of Chaat Masala (a tangy Indian spice) if you have some available.
  • It doesn’t really matter what type of bread you use, but many people prefer it with plain white.
  • The potato chips give that extra “crunch” to an ordinary sandwich.
  • Fruit could be a good option to choose as a side to have with your sandwich.
  • Substitute the ketchup with mayonnaise, a dash of malt vinegar or anything else you like.


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How to Learn Uzbek

Uzbek (oʻzbekcha, ўзбекча, اوزبیکچه) is the primary state language of Uzbekistan, alongside Karakalpak, and is a minority language in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Russia, Turkey, and Northwestern China.

Uzbek’s roots as a language are Turkic, yet with a rich blend of borrowings from Russian, Persian, and Arabic due to Central Asia’s dual Islamic and Soviet history. Depending on where Uzbek is spoken, it thus can be written using variants of the Latin, Cyrillic, or Perso-Arabic alphabets. 

Beyond opening doors into doors into the Silk Road, learning Uzbek can ease your transition when learning other Turkic languages—most notably Uyghur and Tatar, as well as Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Turkish, Azerbaijani etc.


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Sourcing Materials

  1. Obtain Uzbek language learning materials. Before the fall of the Soviet Union, Uzbek was not a widely published foreign language. However, there is a small but steadily growing array of phrasebooks, self-teaching courses, textbooks, grammars, and dictionaries available in English on Uzbek. If you read Turkish or Russian, you will find even more resources available at your disposal.

    • Check what’s available online, at your local library, and local book shop; universities with Turkic and Central Asian Studies programs may also have a broader selection of Uzbek references as well. Do your homework.


Familiarizing Yourself with Uzbek

  1. Listen to Uzbek. In order to build an ear for any language, you have to listen to it as much as possible––Uzbek is no exception. If you conduct a simple Google or YouTube search, you will find a mosaic of Uzbek audio and video clips, media sources, and the like available for you to listen to. One excellent resource is BBC Uzbek.
  2. Befriend Uzbek speakers. If you are aware of an Uzbek diaspora where you live or you have access to penpal websites and online chatrooms, find Uzbek speaking friends. You need to immerse yourself in Uzbek food and culture as well as have people to practice your language skills with.
  3. Take an Uzbek course or find an Uzbek tutor. There is nothing better than learning under the proper guidance of an experienced teacher. Although finding language instruction for Uzbek may pose an incredible challenge because of its rarity outside Asia, it doesn’t hurt to still look. There may be a visiting Uzbek student studying in your area who would love to do some tutoring!


Getting Used to the Grammar

  1. Throw English grammar out the window. Uzbek has more in common with Japanese and Korean than it does English, meaning that learning Uzbek will be challenging but rewarding. Notable features of the language that are different from English include subject-object-verb sentence order, vowel harmony, and suffixes/agglutination. However, unlike English or most European languages, Uzbek has highly regular phonetic spelling, no irregular verbs, and is gender neutral; learn a rule and apply it to all. 
  2. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Native speakers won’t scorn you if you make mistakes. There are so few foreigners who speak Uzbek that any knowledge of the language you have is a sign of honour and significant respect to Uzbek people. Spend most of your time listening and try and imitate what you hear as best possible. You will learn Uzbek well if you keep practicing.


Immersing Yourself in the Culture

  1. Travel to Uzbekistan. If you have the ability to travel through Central Asia, the best place you can learn and apply Uzbek is in Uzbekistan itself. Uzbekistan is country rich in culture, art, history, and hospitality. Again, do your homework and find what works for you.
  2. Read as much as you can about the Uzbeks. Language is more than just words and syntax, it is woven intricately with history and culture. While or before you learn Uzbek, immerse yourself in as much information as you can about the Uzbek peoples and traditions. The more informed you are, the better you will understand the subtleties of Uzbek.


Edit Tips

  • Uzbek men and women use different forms of greetings. Men greet each other by holding their left hand on their chest above the heart; women touch each other’s shoulders with their right hand as well as kiss each other on the cheeks.
  • Uzbek speakers are generally multilingual, with most being able to speak and understand at least one or two regional languages, usually Russian and/or Tajik-Persian.


Edit Warnings

  • Travelling through Uzbekistan presents several challenges including difficult access to rural areas due to underdeveloped roads, a lack of security at airports and bus stations, wide-spread poverty, and corruption in government. Do your research well before you travel. You may also want to obtain a guide.


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How to Chop a Chicken

Learning how to chop up a whole chicken will help cooks who are on a budget because whole chickens tend to cost less per pound than meat that has already been cut and portioned out.


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Prepare the Chicken

Rinse the chicken and get rid of the giblets before you start to cut the pieces apart.

  1. Rinse the chicken under cool running water. Remember to rinse both the outside as well as the inside of the bird.
  2. Place the chicken, breast-side-up, on top of a cutting board. Use the cutting board you dedicate to handling raw animal products.
  3. Remove the neck and giblets from the cavity of the chicken. Discard them or save them for a future use.
  4. Cut away the large piece of fat that is attached to the opening of the chicken cavity.


Remove the Legs and Thighs

Cut through the thigh joint and then the knee joint to separate the legs and thighs from either side of the chicken.

  1. Cut through the skin that connects the leg to the body.
  2. Once you’ve located the thigh joint that connects the thigh to the body, hold the body of the chicken in your non-dominant hand and twist the leg up and out with your dominant hand. This should dislocate the hip joint.
  3. Cut the leg and thigh away from the chicken as one large piece by cutting down through the hip joint.
  4. Grasp the thigh in one hand and the leg in the other hand. Pull the leg down until the knee pops out of the joint.
  5. Cut through the knee joint to separate the thigh and the leg. Repeat the process on the other side before moving on to the wings.


Remove the Wings

Find the joint that connects the wing to the breast and slice through it to separate the wing.

  1. Turn the chicken over so that the back is facing upward.
  2. Locate the joint between the wing and the breast and cut between the joint to separate the wing. Repeat this step on the other side of the chicken.


Remove the Back

Instead of discarding the back, use the back to make chicken stock.

  1. Place your knife in the cavity that once held the giblets.
  2. Push the tip of the knife out through the top of the body where the neck used to be.
  3. Slice through the thin area around the shoulder joint, toward the outside of the chicken.
  4. Slice the bones of the rib cage while cutting parallel to the backbone.
  5. Slice through the shoulder joint and rib cage on the other side of the chicken.
  6. Bend the back away from the breast and slice through the shoulders. This will separate the back from the breast.


Separate the Breasts

Cutting down the sternum will split the breasts into two separate pieces.

  1. Cut downward along the length of the breastbone to separate the breasts into two pieces.
  2. Use the chicken pieces according to your recipe instructions.
  3. Finished.


Edit Tips

  • You can reserve the back, neck and wingtips to use to prepare your own chicken stock. Consult a recipe for guidance.


Edit Warnings

  • Raw chicken may carry a dangerous bacteria called salmonella. Wash your hands after handling raw chicken. Also, wash and sanitize your knife and your cutting board before using them for any other purpose.


Edit Things You’ll Need

  • Whole chicken
  • Cutting board
  • Knife


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How to Prevent Your Property from Being Vandalized While Flipping it

If you’re a real estate investor, such as a house flipper or a wholesaler, there will be long stretches of time when your property is left unattended. Even if the house is occupied during the daytime by the contractors who are re-habbing the house, the home is unprotected at night. To prevent your house from being damaged or even destroyed, make sure you take the proper measures and complete the following steps.


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Being Vigilant

  1. Understand the threat. Houses that are waiting to be sold are prime targets for vandalism as vandals don’t target occupied homes but rather those that are currently abandoned. Vandals will often destroy properties by breaking windows, busting holes in walls, and spray painting everything in sight. The professionals will even strip the copper piping and sell it for cash. Most noteworthy, perhaps, is the fact that most insurance policies to not cover vandalism after the first month that a property is abandoned or not lived in.


Improving the Barriers

  1. Replace the locks. This may seem obvious, but many people fail to change the existing locks after purchasing. The house is at a greater risk if the property was purchased because of foreclosure, or from a short sale or an REO property. The previous homeowners might be disgruntled because they lost possession of their house or were forced to sell. If that is the case, they might take it out on the person who is trying to profit from their loss.

    • If you don’t know how to replace locks yourself, have a professional locksmith come and do this for you. The money spent will be repaid by the much reduced chances of someone letting themselves back into the property.
  2. Barricade any doors and windows that do not lock. Sometimes, doors and windows do not have locks, especially for entrances to storage parts of the house, garage or a shed. In this case, it is wise to board up such doors or barricade them with furniture. If you’ve just installed new windows or a door trip however, you might not want to drive nails into them.


Making the House Seem Lived In

  1. Keep the lights on. Vandals to not generally hit houses that have people living in them. Therefore, it is a good idea to make the house appear to be occupied. By leaving the lights on inside, or at the very least outside the house, you can prevent people from breaking in.

    • If you’re worried about the cost of the electricity bill, you could install motion sensor lights that only turn on when someone approaches the house.
    • If it’s the holiday season, consider leaving some festive lights out on a timer, to have them showing at night. A few decorations in the front yard will add to the theme.
  2. Put drapes or sheets over the windows. Even if you leave the lights on, smart vandals are going to figure out the trick when they look in the windows and see that the inside is empty. To avoid this, buy some cheap drapes, or tape up some bedsheets to cover the windows. The element of mystery will scare away potential intruders.

    • If you have spare furniture, position it so that it can be seen if someone were to peer in through particular angles.
  3. Keep the garden maintained. Don’t allow lawns to overgrow and keep hedges, plants and overhanging branches trimmed. Leave a few inexpensive items about to make it seem that the garden and yard are being tended, such as a watering can, a hose and an old wheelbarrow.

    • If you can’t keep the garden tidy yourself, have a gardener call once a week to do this for you.
    • Keep flowering plants near the front door. Replace when they die off with cheap new ones. This gives the impression of someone living there and caring for plants.
    • Put in a meager vegetable plot to make it appear as if someone is tending to gardening. Add irrigation to keep it going while nobody tends to it much and do an occasional weed.


Seeking Additional Help

  1. Ask neighbors to keep a watch. This may not always be a practical thing to try and do but where your neighbors seem engaged in maintaining the community and keeping an eye out for vandalism, ask for their help. Give them your phone number and email contact so that they can let you know if something untoward is happening. Ask them to check the property as regularly as is convenient for them.

    • Buy your neighbors a calling card to reduce the costs of contacting you. Or give them something nice to say thank you for their help; this could even be an offer of your time to do some gardening or fence maintenance in return for their vigilance.
  2. Ask the police for extra patrolling. You could ask the police for assistance, especially if you live in a neighborhood known for high property crime and damage. The officers will often be more than happy to help you out, as newly fixed up houses means neighborhood improvement and less crime for them to deal with.

  3. Pay for private security patrol. It may be extra money but if you have particular concerns about the possibility of vandalism, it will be money well spent to protect the property.
    Surveillance devices might also be a good deterrent. Especially if they are noticeably operational (such as blinking, moving, etc.

    Surveillance devices might also be a good deterrent. Especially if they are noticeably operational (such as blinking, moving, etc.

  4. Visit often. Train yourself to notice anything unusual or changed about the property that hasn’t anything to do with the renovations. By being constantly vigilant, you’ll have a greater chance of keeping the property free of unwanted intruders.


Edit Tips

  • Have a spare car? Perhaps park it in the driveway to give the impression that someone is at home. Of course, the usefulness of this will depend on the whether there is any possibility of the car getting vandalized too!
  • Put the garbage bin out now and then and bring it back in in a timely fashion. This can help to make it seem that someone is living on the property.
  • Have mail stopped and/or collected. Put a “No Advertising Material” sign on the mail box to prevent a build-up of junk mail that can alert vandals to no-one being at home.
  • You might even consider letting your kids play, or holding family functions, in your backyard to convince the neighborhood that there are people living in your house. After all, it is your property even if you are flipping it.


Edit Warnings

  • Don’t destroy your new window or door trip by nailing or screwing two-by-fours into them. Instead, try one of the other techniques.


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Happy Archaeology Day! How to Draw a Caveman

Back in the days when loincloths and furs were common attire, people lived in caves eking out a difficult and short existence. Nowadays, we can depict a caveman from the comfort of our desk and chair inside a cozy home. And since a typical caveman depiction is often cartoon in form, this tutorial has adopted the same approach.

Edit Steps

  1. Sketch in a skeleton/pose for the caveman.

    Sketch in a skeleton/pose for the caveman.

    Sketch in a skeleton/pose for the caveman. We’ll portray him as a slouched muscular man.

  2. Draw a circle for the head and add in guidelines.

    Draw a circle for the head and add in guidelines.

    Draw a circle for the head and add in guidelines.

  3. Draw a large oval for the body and long muscular arms and hands.

    Draw a large oval for the body and long muscular arms and hands.

    Draw a large oval for the body and long muscular arms and hands.

  4. Sketch in small but muscular legs and feet.

    Sketch in small but muscular legs and feet.

    Sketch in small but muscular legs and feet.

  5. Sketch in clothes and a club if you want, and also add in details like facial features and body hair.

    Sketch in clothes and a club if you want, and also add in details like facial features and body hair.

    Sketch in clothes and a club if you want, and also add in details like facial features and body hair.

  6. Outline our primitive man and erase guidelines.

    Outline our primitive man and erase guidelines.

    Outline our primitive man and erase guidelines.

  7. Color it up and you're done! Uga uga HWOOH!.

    Color it up and you’re done! Uga uga HWOOH!.

    Color it up and you’re done! Uga uga HWOOH!


Edit Things You’ll Need

  • Quality drawing paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Marker pens
  • Color pens (optional)


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How to Make a Toilet Paper Caterpillar

Toilet paper caterpillars are a great way to entertain children for next-to-nothing. These cardboard creatures are easy to make and lots of fun to play with, making them suitable for teachers and parents to make with children.


Edit Steps


Preparing the Toilet Paper Rolls

  1. Cut each toilet paper roll in half. Make a total of eight halves.
  2. Paint the tubes any color you like.
  3. Punch two holes in six of the tubes, one in front and one in back. The other two tubes will be the head and tail, so only punch one hole in each of these.


Creating the Caterpillar

  1. Thread the piece of yarn through each of the holes in each of the tubes. Leave the yarn somewhat loose so that your caterpillar can move with ease. Tie off the ends of the yarn on the tail and head.
  2. Pick out some construction paper and cut out two strips to use as antennae. Glue the antennae onto the top of the caterpillar’s head.
  3. Glue two googly eyes on the caterpillar’s head. The caterpillar is now complete and ready to have some fun with.


Edit Tips

  • You can use any kind of string or fishing line to thread through the holes.
  • If you do not have any googly eyes, you can cut out eyes from construction paper and color them black.
  • You can also color the caterpillar using crayons or markers instead of painting it.


Edit Warnings

  • Provide adult supervision when the use of scissors is involved.


Edit Things You’ll Need

  • 4 toilet paper rolls
  • Scissors (safety scissors are best for children to use)
  • Various colors of paint and paintbrushes
  • Hole puncher
  • Yarn
  • Construction paper
  • Googly eyes


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